Friday, November 2, 2012

NYC Marathon Thoughts - Yes I'm Running It

How are all my readers up in the Northeast doing? If you’re reading this right now, I’ll take that as a good sign.


I know there are strong opinions on whether the race should continue on or not. If we were not natives to the area, I would have deferred this year as well. However, this trip is a two-fold mission for us.

Almost all my friends and family in North Jersey and Long Island have been without power since Monday night and aren’t expected to get it back until this upcoming Monday. Some of them experienced some property damage from fallen trees, but their homes are still inhabitable. Most importantly no one was hurt. Everything else can be repaired or replaced.

My parents home is South Jersey survived the storm unscathed. They didn’t even lose power. It’s a foregone conclusion they’ve lost everything on Long Beach Island. No one can get on the island yet, but aerial photos show the entire area is completely devastated.

Right now were about halfway to our destination. We have food, gas cans, and a CHAINSAW to help out our families and neighbors when we arrive.

If this race is going to happen, then I will race my little heart out as planned, and do the best to help in any way I can.

New York will once again prove its resiliency.

12 comments:

  1. Living where I live, we have a lot of these controversies too after a hurricane. Hopefully you get there and run a great race! I'm so excited to see how you do!

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  2. Thanks for all your positivity and support Wendy, it has really kept me going!

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  3. I think it's great they are still holding the race - nothing like a little economic boost and showing everyone NYC is still a great spot to visit.

    Good luck this weekend!

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  4. Good luck with the race. My family and friends also live in the Long Island, NYC, NJ area. I'm not sure after seeing all the devastation and stories of people struggling to eat and get clothing that the Mayor should be concentrating his efforts on a marathon but if it does go on, I wish you the best of luck. Also praying that your family's losses isn't too great.

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  5. Good luck girl! I think it's great that you are going to try to help out as well as running the race.

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  6. I'm from NY and lived on LI for ~20 years. How ingenious to bring a chainsaw!
    I have friends on long island also that are either swamped, or surrounded by fallen trees. Trees on LI fell like dominoes and the lawns now look like raised carpets.
    My folks in Brooklyn are fine - unscathed actually.
    Glad you're going to be there to help. I think the race is secondary for many but it will make them feel good. Run well! Godspeed

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  7. Oh crap! Now the race is cx'd! :-/ I see the situation both ways. Best wishes to your families and friends.

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  8. Yeah, crappy situation all-around. I'm glad the resources are being given to the people who need it, I'm just angry Bloomberg and NYRR strung us along for so long.

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  9. After further analyzing the situation, we decided it was better to let the professionals handle it. Removing the tree from my Inlaws garage would have required stadning on a ladder. never a good idea with a chainsaw!

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  10. Thank you, I wish the same for yours as well.

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  11. Oh crap! Now the race is cx'd! :-/ I see the situation both ways. Best wishes to your families and friends.

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  12. Living where I live, we have a lot of these controversies too after a hurricane. Hopefully you get there and run a great race! I'm so excited to see how you do!

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